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THE LINCOLN NATIONAL LIFE FOUNDATION 



THE COVER ILLUSTRATION 



The heroic statue of "Abraham Lincoln, the Hoosier 
Youth" is the first successful effort to visualize the rail- 
splitter during his formative years in Indiana. This 
study in bronze, dedicated September 16, 1932, stands 
in the plaza of the Home Office building of The Lincoln 
National Life Insurance Company at Fort Wayne, 
Indiana. A bronze tablet on the granite base of the 
statue bears the inscription which follows: 



ABRAHAM LINCOLN 

CAME TO INDIANA IN 1816 WHEN BUT 
SEVEN YEARS OLD. UPON BECOMING OF 
AGE IN 1830 HE MIGRATED TO ILLINOIS. 
THIS STATUE BY PAUL MANSHIP PORTRAYS 
ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS A HOOSIER YOUTH. 



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THE LINCOLN NATIONAL LIFE 
FOUNDATION 

A Brief Summary of Its Objectives 
and Its Achievements 

(Jnly at long intervals of time do characters 
emerge who belong to. the ages. When one ap- 
pears unheralded, his full worth is not imme- 
diately appreciated; but gradually the spark of 
genius which emanates from his personality 
inspires all who come within its glow. Such a 
person of renown was Abraham Lincoln, whom 
the English historian H. G. Wells has named as 
one of the six outstanding immortals of world 
civilization. 

Remembering that Lincoln lived in Indiana 
during his most impressionable years, one 



quarter of his whole life to be exact, one would 
expect to find in this state some memorial effort 
which might contribute to a better understand- 
ing of his growth and achievements. Such an 
historical project has been realized in the estab- 
lishment of the Lincoln National Life Founda- 
tion. 

From its very inception in 1928 under the di- 
rection of Dr. Louis A. Warren, an outstanding 
Lincoln student, the Foundation has made an ex- 
haustive search for every fragment of informa- 
tion that might throw more light upon the life 
and works of the martyred American President. - 
The result of this intensive and far-reaching pro- 
gram has brought to the library and museum of 
the Foundation the largest collection of organ- 
ized information ever gathered about an his- 
torical character. 

This brief summary of the Foundation activ- 
ities sets forth its program of work and the avail- 
ability of its archives for serious study of this 
figure who personifies our American civilization. 



The Library 

A. most comprehensive collection of litera- 
ture has been assembled in the library of the 
Foundation, and it is accessible to students. The 
books, pamphlets, and periodicals are classified 
and arranged in five different divisions : Lincoln- 
iana, association books, collateral publications, 
magazine articles, and newspaper clippings. 

Lincolniana — Books and pamphlets, exclusively Lin- 
coln, are included here. This collection of literature, 
numbering 7500 volumes of which 300 are in foreign 
languages, requires over 458 lineal feet of bookcases 
to organize and display them. 

Association Books — Books similar to those Lincoln 
read comprise this exhibit. The 225 books in this section 
constitute an important division of the library and 
assist the student in orienting himself in an atmosphere 
contemporaneous with Lincoln's day. 

Collateral Publications — Biographies of Lincoln's as- 
sociates, histories of the communities where he lived, 
reminiscences of men who knew him, and discussions 
on political subjects are gathered in this compilation. 
About 4000 such books and pamphlets form an inval- 
uable source library supplementing the publications 
exclusively Lincoln. 



Periodicals — More than 3500 magazine articles on 
Lincoln have been separately bound. These are indexed 
according to subject, author, and title of publication. 
Complete files of leading historical magazines which 
have featured Lincoln data are also available. News- 
papers contemporary with Lincoln's day also have been 
properly filed and indexed. 

Clippings — Over 100,000 pages of clippings filed 
under more than 3000 different specified subjects re- 
lating to Lincolniana are available for reference. Fifty- 
three steel files are necessary to distribute and to sys- 
tematize this mammoth scrapbook. 

The Museum 

.Display features of unusual Lincoln interest 
are to be. found in the museum. Oil paintings, 
original photographs, contemporary prints, 
broadsides, metallic subjects, and curios are on 
display. 

Paintings — Some of America's best known artists — 
Pruett Carter, Dean Cornwell, J. C. Leyendecker, and 
Frederic Mizen, to name a few — have made oil paint- 
ings for the Foundation depicting various human- 
interest episodes in Lincoln's life. Twenty-four of these 
original studies have been acquired. 

Original Photographs — A large and valuable collec- 
tion of over 100 Lincoln photographs from the original 



negatives are displayed in an impressive chronological 
arrangement. 

Prints — More than 6000 different prints of Lincoln 
have been collected, comprising engravings, woodcuts, 
etchings, lithographs, and pictures by modern repro- 
ductive processes. These prints are all catalogued and 
systematically displayed or filed. 

Broadsides — Rare broadsides consisting of contem- 
porary political posters, addresses, ballots, and a large 
number of caricatures have been assembled, totaling 
more than 1500. 

Metallic Lincolniana — Seventy-five busts and stat- 
uettes, eighty plaques, and over 1200 Lincoln medals 
are in the museum display. 



The Archives 

1 he department of archives is especially rich 
— in documents relating to Lincoln's ancestry, 
Kentucky environments, and early Indiana his- 
tory ; also in original writings of Abraham Lin- 
coln and his contemporaries. 

Genealogy — Genealogical lists of 1200 Hanks families 
and hundreds of family letters comprise the largest 
collection of documents ever assembled about Lin- 
coln's maternal ancestry. 



Kentucky Records — Thousands of records copied 
from original entries in Kentucky courthouses are 
available, and 1200 original manuscripts dating back to 
1780 have been assembled. 

Indiana History — The Richard Thompson collection 
of manuscripts, comprising 1200 items contemporary 
with Lincoln's day, gives a fine picture of political life 
in Indiana at that time. 

Autograph Collections — Countless thousands of let- 
ters relating to Lincoln are on file containing over 500 
by people who knew him and 35 original writings of 
Lincoln himself. 

Microfilm Strips — The contents of the two largest 
Lincoln Manuscript Collections in the Library of Con- 
gress — The Lincoln Papers consisting of 18,350 docu- 
ments and the Herndon-Weik Collection of records and 
reminiscences — are valuable reference sources. 



Duplication Department 

U rgent requests by Lincoln students that the 
Foundation furnish them with copies of photo- 
graphs, photostats, and out-of-print books called 
for the establishment of a sales department. 

Photographs — Prints from more than 1000 negatives 
portraying nearly every phase of the Lincoln story are 
available. 



Photostats — Photostatic reproduction of manuscripts 
in the Foundation, rare books and pamphlets where the 
copyright permits, and magazine articles, newspaper 
clippings, broadsides, and other such items are ob- 
tainable. 

Books and Pamphlets — The Foundation is constantly 
acquiring small collections of books to supplement its 
own library. This causes many duplicates to be avail- 
able for resale. 



The Publications 

J. wo publications are issued periodically by 
the Foundation : Lincoln Lore and The Lincoln 
Digest. Books and pamphlets on Lincoln sub- 
jects also are published from time to time. 

Lincoln Lore — Each week for nineteen years the 
Foundation has issued a bulletin called Lincoln Lore. 
This bulletin contains human interest episodes in Lin- 
coln's life and a quarterly Lincoln bibliography. This 
publication is available to libraries, educational insti- 
tutions, and Lincoln students. 

The Lincoln Digest — This is a four-page pamphlet 
printed at intervals, which contains condensed informa- 



tion about interesting phases of Lincoln's life. These 
leaflets are available in quantities for distribution in 
schools, patriotic organizations, and public assemblies. 



The Bureaus 

J. hree bureaus — Research, Speakers, and In- 
formation — are actively engaged in directing the 
work of the Foundation. It is the purpose of the 
organization not only to gather but to dissem- 
inate Lincoln history. 

Research — -The Foundation is ever on the alert to 
discover new facts relating to the life and works of 
Lincoln, and it greatly appreciates any authentic infor- 
mation about his life which is not generally known. 

Speakers — The Director of the Foundation each year 
addresses about 200 groups, reaching approximately 
100,000 people. Radio addresses reach additional thou- 
sands. A pamphlet, "Addresses on Abraham Lincoln," 
describes this service and may be secured upon request. 

Information — The tremendous amount of data gath- 
ered about Lincoln has caused the Foundation to be- 
come known as the center of Lincoln information in 
America. It invites Lincoln inquiries. 



The Sponsor 

A. Foundation with a program so ambitious, 
would imply the guidance of a sympathetic spon- 
sor. The Lincoln National Life Insurance Com- 
pany wholly maintains and administers the work 
of the Foundation memorial in appreciation of 
the use of the name of Lincoln in its official title 
and for the right to display a portrait of Lincoln 
as the company insignia. This last privilege was 
granted by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abra- 
ham Lincoln, who presented for this purpose an 
original photograph of President Lincoln to 
Arthur F. Hall, founder of the company. 

How much the Lincoln name, the Lincoln in- 
signia, and the motto, "Its name indicates its 
character," has contributed to the phenomenal 
growth of the Company cannot be measured. 
Less than twenty-five of the five hundred Amer- 
ican insurance companies have attained the goal 
of one billion of insurance in force, and only one 



of these companies has reached this objective in 
as short a space of time as the Lincoln National. 

Representatives of the Company in forty-two 
different states, the District of Columbia, Puerto 
Rico, the Canal Zone, the Philippines, and 
the Territory of Hawaii are interested in the 
progress of the Foundation and contribute val- 
uable information for its files. Company offices 
in ninety-five important American cities act as 
distributing points for information on Abraham 
Lincoln published by the Foundation. 

The library and museum of the Foundation, 
located on the fourth floor of the Home Office 
building of The Lincoln National Life Insurance 
Company at Fort Wayne, Indiana, may be visited 
from 8:00 A. M. to 4:30 P. M. each weekday ex- 
cept Saturday when the office building closes at 
noon. Visitors are always welcome. 



PUBLISHED BY 

THE LINCOLN NATIONAL LIFE 
INSURANCE COMPANY 

FORT WAYNE INDIANA 

FORM 2874 



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